Bladed weapons used primarily for cutting or thrusting, swords are larger than Knives
and Daggers and generally can have either a
single edge or double edge. While strict definitions of the term can vary depending on the historical period or the geographical
region under consideration, in the narrowest sense a sword consists of a blade longer than 20 inches and a hilt (the handle,
typically consisting of a guard, grip and pommel).
The evolution of swords has generally followed the evolution of human metal-working with the earliest weapons developed and made
of bronze during the Bronze Age and iron during the Iron Age, these early swords were work-hardened and easily bent when used.
Eventually the need for stronger and more durable swords led blacksmiths to discover that adding an amount of carbon to the iron
could produce an improved alloy which we now know as steel. Refining the sword making system to a quench-hardening and tempering
process produced swords that could suffer much less damage.
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